How many of us would take a chance with a relatively unknown medical technology for our children? Not many would, but Shanice Fernandes’ parents decided to take that chance and in their opinion, it was the best decision ever for their daughter.
Her parents took a leap of faith and got her implanted with a cochlear implant so that Shanice had a bright future. A future devoid of any complications and a path carved to success. They also learnt about the benefits of the cochlear implants and its treatment and how completely safe it was to go ahead with the implantation.They understood how untreated hearing loss can affect Shanice’s entire childhood including schooling and higher education.
Fifteen years ago, Shanice lost her hearing due to meningitis when she was a little less than three years old. She used hearing aids for six months but did not benefit from them. Her mother thought, “Will I always be around to help Shanice?” As they researched the option of a cochlear implant, Shanice’s parents got a mixed response. After much deliberation, they decided to get their daughter implanted. Shanice underwent surgery at the age of five at Hinduja Hospital and was implanted with a Cochlear Nucleus implant.
The cochlear implant helped Shanice regain her personality. Shanice also put in whole-hearted efforts in auditory-verbal therapy. Shanice’s parents noticed that she had begun to retreat into a shell due to her inability to be understood or converse with friends. Post implant, her confidence level increased and so did her eagerness to be with her friends. She topped her school by scoring 94.6% in her Grade Twelve board exams. She is now studying business administration and lives independently without her parents at Bangalore.
Shanice’s disability certificate says – 100% ‘disability’ with profound hearing loss. Her response – talk to me and decide for yourself!